Tommy and Saundra O'Sullivan
An evening in Dingle, Ireland
A Production Of St Mary's Celtic Music Series
Sat, Feb 23rd 2019, 7:00PM
St Mary's By The Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove place
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Tickets:
Advance $20 Door $22
Child Advance $8 Child Door $10
Member discount $2

This delightful couple are the proprietors of the iconic Courthouse Pub in Dingle, Ireland, a quaint town that is one of the epicenters of traditional music on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. The warmth of their voices are sure to provide you with a memorable evening. To make the experience even more cozy, we will meet in the intimate space of St. Mary's lovely Victorian sanctuary. This is a return engagement to the Monterey Peninsula, and we could not be more pleased to host our talented friends from Dingle. Check out their website where you will find some beautiful cuts from their recent CD, "Safe Home."

Here is what the experts are saying:

The album shines with folk classics...
– Sean Laffey, Irish Music Magazine

The husband and wife team from Dingle must surely be the best exponents of what Irish folk should be.
– Nicky Rossiter

A tenor voice that has all the ring of Waterford crystal which has only ever served smokey whiskey
– Sean Laffey, Irish Music Magazine

Tommy and Saundra’s paths crossed when she attended an annual traditional Irish music retreat in Midlothian, Texas, where Tommy was an Irish guest instructor on guitar and vocals, and Saundra, a Texas native, was a vocal student with a challenging career as a flight nurse. As they explored singing together, they discovered her alto harmonies to be a perfect match to his tenor vocals. They found they were "a perfect match" in other ways, too. They married in Houston, Texas, and now make Dingle their home.

O’Sullivan’s Courthouse Pub was cited by National Geographic as the "go to" pub for traditional Irish music on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Those who have been to the pub would heartily agree--the venue is frequented by some of the most well-known names in traditional Irish music, and the couple's reputation for hospitality is legendary.

Tommy has an impressive resume as a full-time touring musician, too. As a member of Sliabh Notes, a well-known band from Kerry, he recorded 3 albums. He also toured for years with Irish piper Paddy Keenan with whom he recorded a duet album, The Long Grazing Acre. He also has two solo albums, Song Ablaze and Legacy.


Lunasa
Sun, Feb 24th 2019, 7:30PM
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz place
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Tickets:
Advance $27 Door $30
Child Advance $13 Child Door $15
Student Advance $13 Student Door $15
Member discount $2

Tickets are also available in person at More Music, Front Street, Santa Cruz (from Feb 1st, 2019).


Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is indeed a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland. Its members have helped form the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of the decade.

Bassist Trevor Hutchinson was a key member of The Waterboys, and later he, with guitarist Donogh Hennessy, would form the dynamic rhythm section of The Sharon Shannon Band.

Ed Boyd (Flook, Michael McGoldrick Band) has recently replaced Hennessy.

Fiddler Sean Smyth is an All-Ireland champion who has played with Donal Lunny’s Coolfin.

Kevin Crawford, considered to be among the finest flutists in Ireland played with the acclaimed traditional group Moving Cloud.

Piper Cillian Vallely of the famous Vallely artistic clan has performed with Riverdance and recently recorded with Bruce Springsteen.

Folk Roots magazine has rightly termed them an “Irish music dream team.”
Realta
Sun, Mar 3rd 2019, 2:00PM
Michael's On Main, Soquel place
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Tickets:
Advance $20 Door $23
Member discount $2

Tickets are also available in person at Michael's On Main.


Described by Irish Music Magazine as “a full bodied pipe and whistle extravaganza”, Réalta carry on the Bothy Band tradition of taking tunes by the scruff of the neck and firing excitement through them like hot flames!

Hailing from the Ulster city of Belfast, this award winning multi-instrumentalist group present an enchanting programme of dance music interspersed with the occasional story, air and song. While Conor Lamb and Aaron O’Hagan pursue the melody on uilleann pipes and whistles, guitarist and vocalist Deirdre Galway explores the harmony and rhythms within the tunes. All-Ireland champions Dermot Mulholland and Dermot Moynagh complete the line-up with dynamic accompaniments on double bass, bouzouki, banjo, voice and bodhrán, making this one of the most exciting acts on the Irish music scene today.

The release of their second album, Clear Skies, has brought Réalta widespread critical acclaim, with the Irish Music Magazine summing things up by writing "Réalta have grown bigger, bolder and braver and this is one of the best CDs to have come out of Ireland this year". A performance by Réalta is joyous, energetic, foot-stomping, unforgettable and unmissable.
Imar
Thu, Mar 14th 2019, 7:30PM
Michael's On Main, Soquel place
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Tickets:
Advance $20 Door $23
Member discount $2

Tickets are also available in person at Michael's On Main.


There are many reasons to be excited about new Glasgow-based five-piece Ímar – not least a line-up featuring current and former members of Mànran, RURA, Talisk, Barrule, Cara, Mabon and The Lowground, whose collectively crammed trophy-cabinet includes a BBC Young Folk Award and several All-Britain/All-Ireland titles. By far the best and biggest reason, however, is how excited the band are themselves.

“As soon as we all sat down to play together properly, it just worked,” says bodhrán player Adam Brown (RURA), originally from Suffolk. “We were a bit stunned, to be honest; all looking round at everyone else, thinking, ‘Is it just me, or was that really good?’”

“It’s definitely more of a pure-drop trad sound than most of the other bands we’re involved in,” adds Cork-born uilleann piper, flautist and whistle player Ryan Murphy (Mànran), “but I think that’s partly why it feels so natural. We’re going back to the music we started out playing – which is ultimately the reason why we’re all here as musicians.”

Ímar’s formation also embodies a more personal reconnection with its members’ formative years, dating back long before their recent camaraderie around Glasgow’s justly celebrated session scene. All five of them – also including fiddler Tomás Callister and bouzouki ace Adam Rhodes (Barrule/Mabon), both from the Isle of Man, plus Glasgow native Mohsen Amini (Talisk) on concertina – originally met as teenagers through Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the Irish traditional music network that tutors budding players throughout the British Isles and beyond, and stages the annual schedule of Fleadh competitions.
Molly's Revenge
The Party for Paddy with Molly's Revenge and Irish dancers
A Production Of St Mary's Celtic Music Series
Sun, Mar 17th 2019, 2:00PM
St Mary's By The Sea Episcopal Church, Pacific Grove place
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Tickets:
Advance $22 Door $25
Child Advance $10 Child Door $12
Member discount $2

The quintessential St. Patrick's Day tradition continues, with the exuberant sound of Molly's Revenge, the high flying Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers, and St. Mary's festive bistro offerings. Yes, it's the party for Paddy 2019!! Molly's Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm. The classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, and fiddle, with a backdrop of guitar, mandola, and bodhran guarantees an enjoyable experience for all fans of Scottish and Irish music. Molly's Revenge has performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing arts events in the USA, and prestigious events in Scotland, Australia and China. Their arrangements of traditional Celtic jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent that always leaves audiences shouting for more.

"Revered in California as one of its most energetic, exciting and innovative bands." --Shay Black, of the legendary Black family.

"They bring to the music a vital and joyous creativity that excites even the hardest of hearts." --John Doyle, founding member of Solas.

"The instruments are traditional... but the wild passion they exhibit is thoroughly modern." --Metro Santa Cruz (CA).

"There is an engaging freshness and yet an impressive maturity in their playing." --Mick Moloney, National Heritage Award recipient.


Dervish
A Production Of Aromas Grange
Sat, Mar 23rd 2019, 7:00PM
Aromas Grange, Aromas place
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Tickets:
Advance $25 Door $30 Gold Circle $35
Member discount $2

Tickets are also available in person at Marshall's Market, Aromas (from Feb 1st).


We're happy to present our first concert in conjunction with Aromas Grange and there couldn't be a better band to start with than Dervish!

Dervish have been bringing Irish traditional music to the world for more than 25 years. Described by the BBC as “an icon of Irish music”, the band have played at festivals from Rio to Glastonbury. They accompanied the Irish President on state visits to Latvia and Lithuania and Prime Minister of Ireland on a trade mission to China as Cultural Ambassadors taking time out to play an impromptu session on the Great Wall of China. Dervish have a line-up which includes some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, fronted by one of the country’s best-known singers, Cathy Jordan.

Dervish were formed in 1989 when four of the founding members met while playing informal sessions in the pubs of Sligo. – Shane Mitchell (accordion),Liam Kelly (flute/whistle), Brian McDonagh (mandola/mandolin) and Michael Holmes (bouzouki). They were soon joined by Roscommon born singer and bodhran (drum) player Cathy Jordan, and later by all Ireland Fiddle Champion Tom Morrow in 1998. It’s a remarkable and at times electric combination – “capable of playing with note-perfect accuracy and perfect control at nearly supersonic levels” (Irish Voice, New York).

But Dervish marry technical brilliance with a rare sensibility, born of an understanding of the music and many years of playing together. The Irish Times said their “integrity makes the group a formidable heir to the throne abandoned by The Bothy Band, if not a serious contender for The Chieftains’ international space.” The News Journal (Delaware) described Dervish as: “The most compelling, most soulful Irish traditional folk band playing today. If you ever find yourself in the beautiful town of Sligo on the wild Atlantic way, check out the music sessions that take place in many establishments. The members of Dervish enjoy playing tunes back where it all began.

The Guardian newspaper commented: “Dervish are simply brilliant. . they carry Irish history with them.”

Väsen
Tue, Apr 9th 2019, 7:30PM
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz place
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Tickets:
Advance $22 Door $25
Child Advance $10 Child Door $13
Student Advance $10 Student Door $13
Member discount $2

Tickets are also available in person at More Music, Front Street, Santa Cruz (From Mar 15th 2019).


While they do occasionally break into a jig or a reel, Väsen's music is rooted in the centuries old traditional folklore of Sweden. Be sure to listen to their music and watch their videos at www.vasen.se/video and you will see what an enjoyable evening you will have in store.

Three musicians with a singular sound, a playful yet accomplished interplay that seems to defy the laws of physics, an intensity with a great sense of humor, and modernity rooted in tradition. Väsen, a Swedish acoustic trio, now in its 27th year of touring together.

The parts: a five-string viola of sophisticated symphonic taste, an adventurous 12-string guitar, and a nyckelharpa (a “keyed fiddle”) deeply rooted in the traditions of Swedish folk music. All three are instrumental virtuosos in their own right, and together they form a unique supernatural being. To experience Väsen is to witness ensemble playing at its finest.

The band's origins are deeply rooted in the forests and rich earth of the Swedish countryside, in the centuries-old tradition of the folk music of Uppland. It's a tradition spiced with consummate playing skills. But this is more than just a traditional sound.

There's a playfulness to their music, a joyousness, and a delight in making exciting new arrangements of centuries-old tunes, and new originals inspired by the tradition. Rock, jazz, traditional, and classical influences weave together, making a music that's beautiful but never cloying. You always hear the inspiration and improvisation of the moment. And we can promise that you’ll never know what will happen next.
Andrew Finn Magill
Accompanied by Cary Novotny on guitar
Fri, Apr 19th 2019, 7:30PM
House Concert, Aptos
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Raised in an Irish musical household in Asheville, North Carolina Andrew “Finn the Fiddler” Magill grew up studying with many of the world’s best traditional American and Irish fiddlers at The Swannanoa Gathering music workshops. At age 18, his debut album Drive & Lift was featured multiple times on NPR and his 2016 two-disc project Roots and Branches debuted at #46 on the Folk DJ charts. Says grammy-winner Americana artist Tim O’Brien:

“He has learned from and now plays with the best in the genre. On Branches you can hear a new musical voice emerging. I’m gonna keep listening for Finn Magill.”

Finn has built his career on Irish music having performed with John Doyle, Liz Carroll, the Paul McKenna Band, and Martin Hayes among many other Irish luminaries. He currently has a duo with Irish multi-instrumentalist Dave Curley which performs the festival circuit and concerts all over the U.S. Between this project and more he has performed at Milwaukee Irish Fest, Celtic Connections, the Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival, the Austin Celtic Festival and hundreds of venues.
Fire, Grace, and Ash
Virtuoso Violin meets Bluegrass Mandolin meets Celtic Guitar
Wed, May 8th 2019, 7:30PM
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz place
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Tickets:
Advance $22 Door $25
Member discount $2

Fire & Grace & Ash is a trio of virtuoso musicians who create a unique sound blending Bach and Bluegrass and Celtic Guitar. Edwin Huizinga, Ashley Broder and William Coulter join forces to present unique and compelling arrangements of Baroque music and American Fiddle tunes accompanied by the shimmering sounds of Celtic Guitar.

Featuring music old and new this trio will take you on a one of a kind musical adventure. The centerpiece of the trios repertoire is Partita Americana, a musical journey through the E Major Partita for violin by JS Bach with detours along the path to gentle and foot-stomping American fiddle tunes.

Recent performances include The Folktale Winery, the UCSC Music Center Recital Hall, and a sold out concert at the Carmel Bach Festival. Their debut CD, Fire & Grace & Ash, will be released in early Spring 2019
Old Blind Dogs
Sun, Jul 7th 2019, 7:30PM
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz place
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Tickets:
Advance $22 Door $25
Member discount $2

Tickets are also available in person at More Music, Santa Cruz starting June 7.


The Celtic Society has been privileged to promote concerts by many of the finest performers of Scottish and Irish music over the years and perhaps none better than Old Blind Dogs.

The band has had to tour the USA without their founding member and fiddle player Jonny Hardie for the last few years due to visa issues (perhaps one of the dogs ate it?). We're happy to report that visa issues have been resolved and Jonny is foaming at the mouth at the prospect of marking his territory again in the USA.

One of the most highly touted Celtic groups of our time, OBD is the only multiple winner of the prestigious Scots Trad Music Award as 'Folk Band of the Year'. With 12 CDs already in the bag, you'll have a chance to collar their13th and brand new offering titled "Room With A View",

OBD continues to distinguish themselves as vital, innovative ambassadors of Scots music by subtly and ingeniously expanding upon the very tradition they celebrate in harnessing the rich resonance and timeless themes of the songs and tunes of their homeland and weld them to new rhythmic frameworks, dynamic arcs and textural expanses, This produces a uniquely identifiable sound that reflects the rich heritage of their forefathers, yet comes across as resoundingly fresh and immediate.

OBD's incandescent instrumental arsenal of pipes, fiddle, whistles, bouzouki, guitar and percussion and their vibrant, virile vocals have left concertgoers raving for more and led to rave reviews, such as from The Scotsman, 'Old Blind Dogs play with a compelling energy and intoxicating rhythm as players and audience seem to share a wild ecstasy of emotion.'
New World String Project
Thu, Aug 15th 2019, 7:30PM
Michael's On Main, Soquel place
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Tickets:
Advance $16 Door $18
Member discount $2

The New World String Project is John Weed (fiddle), Aryeh Frankfurter (nyckelharpa, harp), Lisa Lynn (cittern, harp), and Stuart Mason (guitar, bouzouki). The new quartet presents a lush blend of extraordinary instruments and heartwarming music in the Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions.

Science tells us that cross pollination can result in hybrid vigor and transcend the sum of its parts. Likewise, the vibrant West Coast traditional music community has given birth to the New World String Project. These four highly skilled and well known multi-instrumentalists -- two veteran duo acts -- recently joined forces to create an exciting weave of traditional world music. Ancient and modern sounds mingle freely on Swedish nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, cittern, bouzouki, and more. Singing is also a part of the show, with Stuart Mason sharing his unique arrangements of ballads as old as the hills where he was born.

Fiddler John Weed is a classically-trained violinist who has spent the last 25 years immersed in traditional Irish fiddle styles. John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason also play together in the long-running Celtic band Molly’s Revenge. Celtic harp master Lisa Lynne, who gained international renown via recordings and tours with the label Windham Hill, often performs in a duo with NWSP-mate Aryeh Frankfurter. For years, Aryeh Frankfurter has been delighting audiences around the globe with his passionate, enduring and evocative music on Celtic harp, Swedish nyckelharpa (or keyed fiddle) and other stringed instruments. Stuart Mason is known for his authentic vocals and nimble skills on guitar, mandola, and banjo. Together, these intrepid string explorers take audiences on a thrilling, melodically exuberant musical ride.
Daimh
Sat, Oct 26th 2019, 7:30PM
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz place
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Tickets:
Advance $20 Door $22
Member discount $2

Daimh – Gaelic Supergroup and un-challenged champions of straight in the eye Highland music are based around West Lochaber and the Isle of Skye.

Formed around the turn of the century and taking the name from the Gaelic word for “kinship” Daimh (pronounced Dive) have taken their contemporary take of Highland and Gaelic music to over 20 countries, setting audiences alight from Moscow to San Francisco.

With a reputation as giants of the Bagpipes and Fiddle, Angus Mackenzie and Gabe McVarish lead the melodic powerhouse with fellow founder member Ross Martin underpinning the groove on the Guitar. The Band are joined by “new guy” Murdo “Yogi” Cameron on Mandola and Accordion to complete the instrumental line up.

Daimh have always had the renown and notoriety of working with some of the finest Gaelic singers in Scotland and the current line up only serves to cement that distinction with the addition of the Gaelic firmament’s most rapidly rising star, Ellen MacDonald on vocals.

Recent accolades include last year’s award for the “Best Folk Band in Europe” at the prestigious Folkherbst competition in Germany and most recently winner of “Folk Band of the Year” at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards.
Kevin Burke
Sat, Nov 9th 2019, 7:30PM
House Concert, Soquel
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Hailed in the New York Times, ‘Burke imparts a rhythmic intensity that is remarkably powerful… a superior instrumentalist in any idiom… impressively virtuosic… one of the great living Celtic fiddlers’ & in the Irish Times, ‘Burke’s fiddling is one of the high spots of the current Irish music scene.’

For over 30 years Kevin Burke has been enthralling people around the planet with his performances & recordings, at the same time as influencing an entire generation of fiddlers with his unique, sly spin on the silken-smooth Co. Sligo style of Irish fiddling. Kevin has been a member of such illustrious ensembles as the Bothy Band, Open House, Patrick Street & the Celtic Fiddle Festival & formed notable musical partnerships with Micheal O’Domhnaill & Cal Scott.

This special solo concert in an intimate house concert setting will give full flavor to the force & frolicsomeness of Burke’s fabled fiddling & his wicked sense of humor in tune introductions & stories.
Irish Christmas In America
Thu, Dec 19th 2019, 7:30PM
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz place
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Tickets:
Advance $25 Door $30
Child Advance $13 Child Door $15
Member discount $2

The hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show, now in its 14th season, features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humour and boundless energy. Produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada of award-winning lrish group Téada, the 2018 tour brings back the amazing Séamus Begley, (TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year) along with the immense vocal talents of Sligo’s Niamh Farrell.

This family-friendly performance features evocatively-sung Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes and thrilling Irish dancing, while evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2018.

The holiday show was first conceived in 2005 with past tours featuring such stellar guest vocalists as Séamus Begley, Teresa Horgan, Méabh Begley, Lumiere, Karan Casey, Cara Dillon, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Cathie Ryan and Michael Londra. Mac Diarmada enthuses about the program as a way to bring traditional and often unknown Irish customs to the States. “One of the most heartfelt themes of Irish Christmas is emigration,” says Mac Diarmada. “Music was a way that people stayed close to home.”

A sparkling tradition among holiday events, Irish Christmas in America is a special show to see this season.
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Community Events

These events are not sponsored by the Celtic Society. If you have any questions, please direct them to the contact information in the event listing. Check out the Americeltic and Irish Culture Bay Area events calendars for more local events.

This moderate-to-fast tempo session happens every Saturday from 1pm - 4PM. We play outdoors on the East Side of Main Street -- approx address would be 425 Main St -- between the Half Moon Bay Electric store and the Half Moon Bay Wine and Cheese Company. Celtic/Old-Time. All players welcome.

Contact Raymond (mtn_kahuna@yahoo.com) for more information

Moderate temp session form 3PM to 5PM on the 4th Sunday of every month. Contact Jamie Wylde <jwylde@gmail.com> for more information

A traditional Irish seisiún for experienced Irish style musicians every Tuesday evening. The South Bay's longest running and only up-tempo seisiún! Please visit us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/OFlahertys.Irish.Seisiun).

Contact Julie Horner (831-325-1974, leap2three@gmail.com) for more information

Kick off the St. Paddy's season with the legendary Irish Rovers on their last tour through the US. For 55 years, the Rovers have been selling out concerts worldwide. After these last North American dates, they head over to Ireland for lifetime honors.

A slow-play session from 2PM to 4PM on the second Sunday of every month for those learning the intricacies of Irish traditional music.

Contact Tane Tachyon (tachyon@tachyonlabs.com) for more information.

Not only Irish eyes will be smiling this St. Patrick’s Day. Come get a blast of blarney and Irish laughter just in time for the big day. The Real Irish Comedy Fest showcases the best blend of Irish Comedic talent, accents included and is coming to Santa Cruz for one night only!

Tickets: here
$20-25
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Full fest info and schedule here

Lineup:

Sean Finnerty is based in NYC and originally from Longford. Sean was selected for Comedy Central’s Up Next competition and as a semi-finalist in both the 2014 Florida’s Funniest Comedian Competition and the 2014 Charleston Comedy Festival. Sean this year became the first Irish comic ever to appear on the Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon 

Ger Staunton quickly became a regular headline act on the Irish Comedy circuit and has already been described by the International Comedy Club in Dublin as “One of the best comedy writers in Ireland.” 

Dave Nihill: Dave is the founder of the Real Irish Comedy Fest, an NPR featured storyteller, bestselling author, winner of the 43rd annual San Francisco Comedy Competition, and runner up in the Moth’s largest US Grandslam storytelling competition. His work has been featured in Inc, The Huffington Post, Forbes, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, Today FM, and on TV3. From Dublin Ireland he now calls San Francisco home when immigration officials permit. 

Katie Boyle, based and originally from Co. Kildare. Katie is a regular at The Stand, New York Comedy Club, Broadway, Greenwich, Creek and the Cave and refuses to say ‘third’ on stage. She has toured multiple states and was featured in the Hartford and Albany Funnybones. 

Mark Hayes, has been dubbed “Ireland’s craziest and wittiest comedian and writer, a poet at times.” Saying that he has also been called the “runt of Irish literature” so take your pick. He is the author of three books  and runs his own weekly s

If you can count and skip and tell your right hand from your left, you can begin doing the easy dances immediately. This form of dance does not require fancy footwork or a high level of coordination. This is an excellent place to learn, even if you’ve never done any folk dancing. Beginners are very welcome.

Come and join in the fun on the second Thursday of every month.

For more information call  Michael at (831) 426-8621, or e-mail him at mking@cruzio.com. For even more information, visit our website at http://www.englishcountrydancing.net

Not only Irish eyes will be smiling this St. Patrick’s Day. Come get a blast of blarney and Irish laughter just in time for the big day. The Real Irish Comedy Fest showcases the best blend of Irish Comedic talent, accents included and is coming to Monterey for one night only!

Tickets: here
$25
Full fest info and schedule here

Lineup:

Sean Finnerty is based in NYC and originally from Longford. Sean was selected for Comedy Central’s Up Next competition and as a semi-finalist in both the 2014 Florida’s Funniest Comedian Competition and the 2014 Charleston Comedy Festival. Sean this year became the first Irish comic ever to appear on the Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon 

Ger Staunton quickly became a regular headline act on the Irish Comedy circuit and has already been described by the International Comedy Club in Dublin as “One of the best comedy writers in Ireland.” 

Dave Nihill: Dave is the founder of the Real Irish Comedy Fest, an NPR featured storyteller, bestselling author, winner of the 43rd annual San Francisco Comedy Competition, and runner up in the Moth’s largest US Grandslam storytelling competition. His work has been featured in Inc, The Huffington Post, Forbes, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, Today FM, and on TV3. From Dublin Ireland he now calls San Francisco home when immigration officials permit. 

Katie Boyle, based and originally from Co. Kildare. Katie is a regular at The Stand, New York Comedy Club, Broadway, Greenwich, Creek and the Cave and refuses to say ‘third’ on stage. She has toured multiple states and was featured in the Hartford and Albany Funnybones. 

Mark Hayes, has been dubbed “Ireland’s craziest and wittiest comedian and writer, a poet at times.” Saying that he has also been called the “runt of Irish literature” so take your pick. 

Live Irish music all afternoon with The Crooked Road Ceili Band on the front patio at O'Flaherty's in the heart of downtown San Jose! The Bay Area's best Irish party on St.Paddy's Day with music, dance, and libation starting early and going late into the night.

Corned beef and cabbage feast on the gracious back patio, Irish dancers upstairs and tickling the tiles among the punters downstairs, bagpipes, and additional musical entertainment outside and inside into the wee hours.

No cover, come early to grab a pint and take a seat! Or bring your dancing shoes and kick up your heels at the only place you need to be on St.Patrick's Day! You're a stranger here but once!

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A Production Of St Mary's Celtic Music Series

Advance $22 Door $25
Child Advance $10 Child Door $12
Member discount $2
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The quintessential St. Patrick's Day tradition continues, with the exuberant sound of Molly's Revenge, the high flying Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers, and St. Mary's festive bistro offerings. Yes, it's the party for Paddy 2019!! Molly's Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm. The classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, and fiddle, with a backdrop of guitar, mandola, and bodhran guarantees an enjoyable experience for all fans of Scottish and Irish music. Molly's Revenge has performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing arts events in the USA, and prestigious events in Scotland, Australia and China. Their arrangements of traditional Celtic jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent that always leaves audiences shouting for more. 

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3:00 PM - Matinee Show
7:00 PM - Evening Show featuring Tempest
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3:00 PM Matinee Show - (Doors open at 2:15 PM)
Kyle Alden, Tim Hill & Steve Gardner

Kyle Alden is an award-winning singer/songwriter and folk musician recognized for his Irish traditional guitar accompaniment, Kyle has several issued several albums of original work and supported many top players in concert.
Steve Gardner and Tim Hill of Culann's Hounds bring their reputation for stage shows filled with tradition and energy. Tim has become one of the top young pipers in America and Steve's virtuosic violin style is clean and uncut, and when he grabs his guitar and sings, he brings his own irreverent style to both classic and original songs.
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7:00 PM Evening Show (Doors open at 6:30 PM)
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The opening set from Michael Mullen's Trio Of One will be Hard Driving Live Looped Celtic Acoustic Rock. Never pre-recorded, always immediate and created fresh, the masterful Michael Mullen makes live looping an art form.
Says Michael:
"If you haven't seen me perform my live looping act, The Trio Of One—perhaps you live too far away to make it to any of my shows—this might be your best chance to see what I do."

With 17 albums & 2,500 gigs, world-famous Tempest needs no introduction — close out your Saint Patrick's Day fun while grooving to Celtic Rock with flavors of Scandinavia, India, Africa & Arabic Nations.

Lief says:
"We are delighted to announce our new line-up for 2019-- please join us in welcoming the big, rich bass playing talent of Mirco Melone, straight from Bologna, Italy, and on blistering lead guitar we now have Kevin Florian -- recently arrived from Chicago - and man, these guys rock! Buckle up, 'cuz it's gonna be a wild ride"

Join the Santa Cruz Traditional Irish Seisiun every Third Thursday for lively Irish tunes and songs in the spirit of the tradition. Hosted by Julie Horner, David Chadwick, and Mark McCornack. All ages welcome, bring the family for dinner and stay for the taste o' the pure drop. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/SantaCruzTradIrishSeisiun.

The pipes are calling, and the tribal clans will gather once again on Saturday, April 6 2019 for the annual Tartan Day Scottish Fair at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont.

Sponsored by the East Bay Regional Park District and the East Bay Scottish Association, Tartan Day at Ardenwood is always a colorful and enjoyable event for the whole family, whether you’re Scottish or not.

Throw on your kilt and celebrate Tartan Day with music, Scottish dancing, bagpipes, handmade crafts, historical re-enactments, and Highland athletics. Local Scottish clans and societies will share their rich culture and colorful heritage. Children can find magic and fantasy in the Children's Glen and might just see a fairy or dragon. Food and libations will tempt - enjoy a meat pie or other Scottish treat.

For Information call: (510) 544-2797 Free parking. Fees: $12/adults, $8/seniors (62 ), $6/children (4-17 yrs.), 3 yrs. & under free. Advance tickets are available online: (888) 327-2757, option 2. Advance tickets will be mailed within 2 business days of purchase and the same day entrance fees are the same as the advance tickets prices. Pre-sale tickets are non-refundable. Tickets are also available for purchase at Ardenwood Historic Farm.

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Celtic traditional music infused with Swedish, Norweigen, Cape Breton, QUebequois, and much more.  A total variety show with 120 fiddles, cellos, guitars, harps, pianos, percussion.  Will have you dancing in your seats!

Community Music School of Santa Cruz presents a week-long camp through June 22 where teens (12-18 yrs) learn and perform the folk  music of Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and more. For players  proficient on fiddle, flute, penny whistle, recorder, oboe, harp,  guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, accordion, keyboards, percussion, Irish  tenor banjo, or cello. Other activities include dancing, singing, crafts, campfire, and bamboo flute making. $795 includes all meals and board.  https://www.communitymusicschool.org/redwood-music-teen-camp4/

Celtic Music On The Radio

Get your Celtic music fix and support our local radio stations by listening to the following programs.

90.1 FM

The Mountain Road

Julie Horner

Monday 8 PM - 10 PM


91.5 FM

Friday Folk-Off

Dave Stafford

Friday 3 PM - 6 PM

The Lark In The Morning

Greg Winslow

Wednesday 6 AM - 8 AM

New Wood

Peter Schwarz

Thursday 7 AM - 10 AM


107.5 FM

Please Stand By

John Sandidge

Sunday 10 AM - 12 PM


90.7 FM

Celtic Cauldron

Cindy Odom

Friday 11 AM - 1 PM


88.1 FM

Backroads

Chris Jong

Sunday Noon - 2 PM


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